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August 09, 2011

Which Docs Should Everyone See Before They Die?

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Current TV's ongoing series about the greatest (arguably) 50 documentaries of the past 20 years premiered last week. Here's the trailer: How many on Current's list do you think you…...

August 03, 2011

Test Your Documentary Know-How!

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It's summer, and we're basking in a plethora of great docs in theaters, on PBS, and online. We need to keep ourselves sharp, so we test each other on our…...

July 22, 2011

ITVS Indies Showcase Celebrates 20 Years of Independents

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Our parent organization, the Independent Television Service (ITVS), is celebrating its 20th anniversary! To honor the amazing filmmakers who have so inspired us in the past two decades, and to…...

July 19, 2011

Independent Lens Nominated for Five Emmys

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We are extremely proud to report that five Independent Lens films scored Emmy Award nominations this week! Mostly, we are thrilled for the amazing and creative independent filmmakers who toil…...

July 12, 2011

Feed Your Synapses with Independent Lens to Go

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Are you desperately in need of brain food this summer, when the primetime lineup leans toward Who Wants to be a National Laughingstock? and Are You Smarter Than a Single-Celled…...

July 12, 2011

Take the Community Cinema Audience Survey!

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Our Community Cinema program brings Independent Lens films right to your town so you can watch for free and discuss the issues raised with your neighbors and local leaders. Did…...

July 12, 2011

Bill Moyers’s Desert Island DVDs

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We're in receipt of a lovely sentiment from the inimitable Bill Moyers. "If I were heading for a desert island with only one complete set of DVDs, I'd be taking…...

July 06, 2011

Audience Award Winner Two Spirits Was a Community Effort

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This week we unveiled the winner of the 2011 Independent Lens Audience Award, our season finale Two Spirits. The film is the story of Fred Martinez, a Navajo boy who…...

June 30, 2011

The 2011 Independent Lens Audience Award Winner is … Two Spirits!

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At film festivals, the award that often matters most to filmmakers and their subjects alike is the Audience Award. They know they've struck a chord when the audience applauds their…...

June 20, 2011

(A Highly Subjective) Top 10 LGBT Documentaries for Pride Month

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It's LGBT Pride Month, and with celebrations cropping up across the country, we thought we'd have a look at documentaries dealing with LGBT issues are. Here's my personal Top 10…...

June 16, 2011

LGBT Youth and Hate Crimes: The Experts Weigh In

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We hosted a live chat on Facebook this week addressing the larger issues the film Two Spirits brings up for people. Hate crimes and bullying against LGBT youth has been…...

June 16, 2011

Judy Shepard: Children, Hate Crimes, and a Community of Grief and Progress

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Judy Shepard lost her son Matthew in 1998 in a horrific hate crime. She is now the president and co-founder of the Matthew Shepard Foundation. She sent us this blog…...